Quezon City/Triangle and Scout Areas
The Triangle Area and Scout Area of Quezon City forms the heart of the city's government center, entertainment industry, and nightlife. On the four avenues forming the Triangle Area, you may either find yourself in a row of government offices, shopping malls, residential areas, and commercial strips.
The Scout Area gets its name from the 22 Boy Scouts of the Philippines who died on the way to the 11th World Scouting Jamboree in Marathon, Greece; this area encompasses barangays Laging Handa, Sacred Heart and South Triangle. Most streets, except Mother Ignacia Avenue, Panay Avenue, Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato Avenue, are named after the 22 Scouts, hence the district's common name.
The Triangle Area is part of the former barangay of Diliman. It was originally intended to be the location of all the offices of the Philippine government as Quezon City is envisioned, and the northeast corner (present-day Quezon Memorial Circle) was the supposed site of a new Philippine capitol building, but as World War II erupted in the Pacific, many of the proposed building have never been constructed. The west and south sides of the Triangle grew into middle-class neighborhoods; the east side only became filled with government offices, and the north side is partially filled with government offices and commercial developments, with interspersed slums. The north side of the Triangle Area is undergoing redevelopment as part of the Triangle Business Park commercial development.
The Scout Area's major streets are Timog Avenue (Route 173), a four-lane street running east-west from EDSA to Quezon Avenue, and Tomas Morato Avenue, a north-south avenue running from the area near the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Complex south to E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in New Manila. Both streets are nightlife centers; expect to find many classy restaurants and bars at almost every corner.
South Triangle, a barangay, is a mid-class neighborhood home to the two major television networks, ABS-CBN and GMA Network, and film production firms; it is home for many Philippine TV celebrities, and is the Philippines' Hollywood.
The Triangle and Scout Area is near to Diliman and Cubao; from the streets of Diliman, crossing East Avenue brings you immediately to the East Triangle area. From Cubao, you can just hop onto Line 3, a jeepney, or a city bus, Andrew get down at points along EDSA.
By public transitLine 3 serves the Triangle and Scout Area, and you can alight at the four stations inside the district.
KamuningBrings you near Timog Avenue, East Avenue, and the GMA Network Center, just beside it.
Quezon AvenueAt the busy intersection of EDSA and Quezon Avenue, it is meters away from the Eton Centris mall and the Bantayog Memorial Center.
North AvenueThe northernmost end of Line 3, it lies near two major shopping malls, Trinoma and SM North EDSA.
By busEDSA and Quezon Avenue, which are through routes of the district, is well served by city buses. From Quiapo or the Fairview–Novaliches area, you can take buses plying Quezon Avenue; bus stop through this district are Fisher Mall (or Pantranco, by many locals), Timog Avenue (near the intersection of Quezon Avenue, Timog Avenue and West Avenue), Quezon Avenue (at the intersection with EDSA) and National Heart Transplant Center/Wildlife Center (outside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center).
phone: +63 2 985-1126address: Quezon Avenue, PinyahanMonument dedicated to the people who died during the Marcos dictatorship.
11th World Scout Jamboree Monumentaddress: Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato AvenueMonument created in memory of the 22 Boy Scouts who perished en route to the 11th World Scouting Jamboree in Greece.
Millenium Transmitteraddress: Mother Ignacia Avenue corner Sergeant Esguerra StreetThe transmitter tower by ABS-CBN, providing strong TV signals around Metro Manila. It is a landmark of the district itself, and is very visible from almost every corner of the Scout Area.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife CenterHouses a zoological and botanical garden, complete with a man-made lagoon for boating activities
SM City North EDSA Sky GardenElevated park with a simulated river and waterfall, part of SM City North EDSA (see #Buy)
Pinoy Big Brother Houseaddress: Eugenio Lopez Jr. DriveSee (#Do)
Quezon Memorial Circle is found at the northeast corner of the district, but it has its own set of sights and activities, and is covered separately.
TelevisionThe South Triangle area is the nerve center of the Philippine TV industry; the two major networks, GMA and ABS–CBN are headquarters here. If you want to get a glimpse of the Philippines' TV industry, you can either visit the TV studios in the area and watch live performances of popular shows being broadcast throughout the Philippines (and also to overseas Filipino communities around the world).
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Complexphone: +63 2 924-4101address: Eugenio Lopez Jr. Drive, South TriangleThe flagship studio of the ABS-CBN media network, built in 1968 and is the Philippines' most advanced broadcasting center.
ABS-CBN StudiosThe oldest television studios inside the complex, with 8 studios housing ABS-CBN's popular shows like It's Showtime, Banana Sundae, TV Patrol, and Bandila.
Pinoy Big Brother House
- Quezon City Pride Parade (December 8 and 9)
Eton Centrisaddress: EDSA, Pinyahan, DilimanMixed-used development with a shopping mall, lifestyle strip, and call center buildings
Centris Stationphone: +63 2 845-3866address: EDSA, Pinyahan, DilimanIndoor mall of the Eton Centris complex, with select restaurants, shops and a SM Hypermarket.
Fisher MallMall owned by a fishing business in Malabon, and built over an old bus terminal. This mall has plenty of fast food chains and fast food restaurants, but not as crowded as the major ones.
Wil Tower Mall
BarsTomas Morato Avenue is the nightlife capital of Quezon City since the 1970s; almost ever corner has a restaurant and bar. Timog Avenue has also a plenty of them, and the Scout Area is certainly the nightlife center on town.
Lafflinephone: +63 2 372-2656address: 3 Timog Ave, South TriangleComedy bar serving good food and drink with a healthy dose of laughter with stand-up comedy acts.
Music Matchphone: +63 2 927-8531address: 270 Tomas Morato AvenueKaraoke bar with disco and a selection of food. Smoking allowed in some rooms
Strawberry Hometelphone: +63 2 413-8235address: 111-B Scout Lozano Street, Quezon CityComfortable, affordable inn with air-conditioned rooms and international cable TVs
phone: +63 2 353-6000address: 60 Timog Avenue, Laging HandaA/C single or double rooms with flat-screen TV, free WiFi, safe, and bathroom with bidet and hot water shower. Free breakfast. Has swimming pool, restaurant and laundry. Airport shuttle available.
phone: +63 2 928-7646address: 937 EDSA, Phil-Am Village
phone: +63 2 373-2101address: 35 Mother Ignacia AvenueCastle-themed hotel, with rooms having a royal and European feel. It has five restaurants, one open 24/7, another playing live music, and some with bars.
phone: +63 2 373-2384address: 55 Scout Santiago St., Barangay Laging HandaCasa Pura offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, telephone, writing desk and sofa. The hotel has a deck garden, restaurant, banquet hall, conference rooms, and parking. Room service, laundry service available.
phone: +63 2 921-2706address: 61 Scout Rallos StreetHas vibrantly colored rooms with free WiFi, cable TV, minibar with coffee and tea makers, and bathtub with hot and cold water. Larger rooms have a living room and an additional bedroom. Its rooftop has a swimming pool providing views of the Scout Area and nearby Cubao. Amenities include a bar, a restaurant, a café, a hair salon, a gym, a business center, and a spa. Free breakfast available.
Imperial Palace Suites Quezon Cityphone: +63 2 927-8001address: Scout Memorial CircleThis hotel offers room amenities like air-conditioning, cable television, and kitchenette, complete with daily maid service.
phone: +63 2 922-8888address: #51 Timog Ave., South TriangleAll rooms have in-room safety deposit box, mini bar, individual climate control, LCD flat sreen with cable and DVD player. Some of its facilities and services are lobby lounge, bar, infinity pool, kiddie pool, gym/fitness center, multi-level parking, Wi-Fi internet connection, in-room suite dining service, laundry/pressing and dry cleaning, wake-up call, 24-hour concierge and security.
phone: +63 2 724-7551address: 102 & 103 The Forum, Tomas Morato Avenue StEach high-rise condominium provides luxury-filled rooms and suites.
- The interior of barangay Obrero (and areas under the old Meralco high-voltage line)
- Some areas on the Triangle Area characterized by slums. Riots have erupted during demolitions, so it is best avoided at all times
Embassy of Cyprusaddress: LG-03 Crispina Building, 1589 Quezon Avenue, West Triangle
- Cubao – The grand old retail center of the city, along EDSA.